Sunday, October 19, 2008

Redskins 14 Browns 11

The Redskins squeaked out a win this week over the Browns and that's about all that can be said for this game today. As they say, a win is a win. Three things that can be taken away from today's game:

1. The Redskins beat a team at home that they should have beaten. The win is actually pretty big because it keeps them on pace with the Giants in the division and ahead of the pack in the wild card standings. After 7 weeks, the NFC playoff picture has yet to take hold with 9 teams posting winning records. 10 wins may not get you into the post-season in the NFC this year.
2. The Redskins stars made the plays. Clinton Portis was a horse running for 175 yards and 1 TD. That puts Portis on pace for 1,870 yards and 16 TDs, which would be a monster season. Moss wasn't quite as brilliant, but he made plays down the stretch when the Skins really needed him, including a nifty TD reception.
3. The kicking game was much improved, despite the missed FG. With the teams battling for field position for the first three quarters, improvement in this area was a critical component of victory. Zorn called the punting game "excellent" for perhaps the first time this season.

A few other observations:

1. Teams are adjusting to the Redskins offense and Coach Zorn's play calling. Offensive production and scoring opportunities are down while turnovers are up. Two downtrodden teams came into Fedex the last two weeks and found ways to get pressure on Campbell and to disrupt the Skins offensive flow. How the Skins and Coach Zorn adapt to defensive scheming will go a long way towards determining their fate this year.
2. My fantasy team is sunk. I took Braylon Edwards too high in the draft this year and am paying for his lack of production. I used to think it was his quarterback, but after listening to the game today, I know it's him. Edwards dropped at least 4 passes today.
3. I really like this Chris Horton guy. He seems to have a knack for the ball, plays hard and somehow seems to be in the right place a lot. Not bad for a 7th round draft pick.